Why Do Your Tea Leaves Move To The Middle Of The Cup?

Swirl water in a cup, and the water will move to the outer edge of the cup. Sometimes, when you swirl hard enough, it will actually start "climbing" the walls of the cup, as the water collects at the outer edge. Now take a cup of tea with a few tea leaves in it and stir it with a spoon. The tea leaves collect in the… » 5/06/14 6:40am 5/06/14 6:40am

Zero Hour reveals the secret holy apocalypse clock in Einstein’s brain

Before I begin the recap, I want to make one thing clear: I love Zero Hour. I find it massively entertaining. Oh, it has flaws, and the characters are insane, and nothing makes any sense — but Zero Hour is doing exactly what it sets out to do, and making sense isn't one of those things. I may mock the show, but I can… » 3/01/13 7:00am 3/01/13 7:00am

Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku explain E=MC2 to music

Get your geek on folks, this new music video by Symphony of Science tackles a fairly challenging subject: Einstein's theory of mass-energy equivalence, or what's more commonly known as E=MC2. The video, called "Secret of the Stars," features such notables as Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene… » 2/27/13 10:20am 2/27/13 10:20am

Not content to merely revolutionize our ideas about space and time,…

So you thought that all Einstein did was reinvent everything we thought we knew about space and time. Fool. In his spare time, Einstein wrote papers in support of another multidisciplinary badass. He studied Baer's Law, the law that governs the erosion of rivers, and gives us his version of its mechanics. » 1/27/13 8:00am 1/27/13 8:00am

Einstein may have discovered dark energy without even realizing it

An historian of science from New York University has re-interpreted a correspondence between Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger in which the two scientists argued about the nature of the cosmological constant — a kluge that Einstein embedded in his general theory of relativity to explain why the Universe was… » 12/04/12 12:00pm 12/04/12 12:00pm